Canada is celebrating a momentous moment in their sporting history after the women's national football team won their first ever Olympic gold medal in a game that rewrote the record books.
The Canadians beat heavyweights Sweden 3-2 on penalties after the final ended 1-1 following 90 minutes and extra time.
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Julia Grosso kept her cool with the decisive penalty in sudden death on Friday night to give Canada their first-ever gold in Olympic football after bronze medals at London and Rio.
But it was a historic night in more than one way, with Canadian star Quinn becoming the first openly nonbinary transgender person to not only medal, but claim gold in the Olympic Games.
Quinn, a dynamic midfielder who started all but one game for the Canadian team in Tokyo, came out publicly as transgender and nonbinary in a September Instagram post but said they identified that way in private for a longer duration.
"I wanted to be my authentic self in all spheres of my life and one of those is being in a public space," Quinn said at the time.
"So that was one of the reasons behind it, because I was tired of being misgendered and everything like that."
They joined several other first-time accomplished athletes who identify as transgender during this year's Tokyo Olympics competitions, including New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard.
— 7Olympics (@7olympics) August 6, 2021
Quinn helped Canada take home the bronze in the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, but the Canadians went one better in Tokyo to send fans wild on social media.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was one of the first to hail Quinn and the history-making Canadians on their amazing achievement.
Team Canada’s gold medal win in soccer was historic in so many ways. @TheQuinny5, became the first openly transgender and non-binary athlete to win an Olympic medal. Quinn, your win today will inspire so many to keep playing and to keep pursuing their dreams. 🏳️⚧️🏳️🌈
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) August 6, 2021
Canadian soccer player Quinn becomes the first transgender person in history to win an Olympic gold medal, or any Olympic medal for that matter. Big day for the trans community, for Canada, and for the Olympics. 🇨🇦🏳️⚧️🏳️🌈 pic.twitter.com/i6naUpS4mH
— Mackay Taggart (@mackaytaggart) August 6, 2021
Loud cheers from Team Canada as Quinn, the first openly transgender, non-binary Olympic medalist, is awarded their gold medal. pic.twitter.com/WjlqDzjekc
— Thomas Daigle (@thomasdaigle) August 6, 2021
The first medal for a transgender nonbinary person in the Olympics is gold!!! Congratulations Canada and Quinn for just making history 🇨🇦💞🏳️⚧️#football #TeamLGBTQ #Olympics pic.twitter.com/x3Kc68zv14
— Not Just a Fanfiction Writer 🌈💕📘 (@EzraLoAcire) August 6, 2021
Today was a huge day for #Canada but an even bigger day for Quinn who became the first openly transgender or non-binary athlete to win an Olympic medal. 🏆
Congratulations on making history today 👏🏽 You're inspiring so many young athletes.https://t.co/eIxczCYfUw
— Jagmeet Singh (@theJagmeetSingh) August 6, 2021
I'm so happy for Team Canada and for Quinn! They have such great support and admiration. So well deserved. It's important to recognize what this moment means for #trans and non-binary youth saying "this could be me!". #Olympics
— Marni Panas, CCIP™ 😷 (@marnipanas) August 6, 2021
Sweden fall agonisingly short in final
Sweden, conquerors of Australia's Matildas in the semi-final, went ahead in the 34th minute through Stina Blackstenius, who steered home after Kosovare Asllani squared the ball.
But Canada drew level in the 67th minute after the referee went to the pitchside monitor and ruled that Swedish defender Amanda Ilestedt had brought down Canada striker Christine Sinclair.
Jesse Fleming made no mistake from the penalty spot to leave the final delicately poised.
Sweden dominated for the remainder of normal time and the 30 minutes of extra time, but failed to turn the pressure into efforts on goal.
Swedish captain Caroline Seger had a chance to win the gold medal for her side but blazed her spot-kick over the bar.
Canada took full advantage of the mistake to etch their names in Olympic history.
The United States won the bronze medal on Thursday with victory over the Matildas.
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